Crystalyn Hutchens is a contemporary semi-realistic artist working and living out of Ohio. Her current work brings attention to individuals in the chronically ill and disabled communities who experience invisible disabilities.She longs to create a language about the experience of the unseen struggles inflicted upon the body from a female perspective. She strives to make work that can be visually read by all types of audiences to start a dialogue of understanding, compassion, and connection. Her style adds ambiguity to the body, being a visual representation of misunderstandings and the missing discussions for the representation of these individuals.
Crystalyn’s work has been exhibited in multiple regional and national juried exhibitions and recognized internationally with the Eco-Aware Art Gallery in India. She has been awarded Best in Show at the Now Ohio Exhibition at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at Bowling Green State University in 2021. In addition, she received the Inaugural Marian Treger Fellowship for Enduring Creativity from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts in 2022. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 2015 and her Master’s degree in Fine Art studies at Eastern Illinois University in 2019. Recently, she completed her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2D Studies at Bowling Green State University in 2022.
Crystalyn is currently an Adjunct Professor within the School of Art at Bowling Green State University.